CORPORATE TRAVEL GROUP: 'HOW ONEROUS WILL THE PROTOCOLS BE?'
Tougher electronics screening
to take the place of laptop ban
By Robert Silk
The airline industry offered mixed
reactions last week to newly enhanced security measures from the
Department of Homeland Security
that would enable carriers to sidestep bans on laptops and tablets in
the passenger cabins.
The DHS isn’t saying much about the de-
tails of the new directive. But it will require
airlines to implement enhanced screening of
passengers and electronic devices larger than
a cell phone, as well as require heightened se-
curity measures in airport public spaces and
Some of the measures will be visible to
passengers and could include the use of
next-generation screening devices and a
larger presence of canines. Other measures,
the DHS said, will be unseen.
The directive will impact 280 airports in
105 countries as well as 180 airlines, both
foreign and domestic, which operate approximately 2,000 inbound flights to the
U.S. daily. At some airports, especially those
A new name in the luxe cruise market
is a storied hotel brand: Ritz-Carlton
By Tom Stieghorst
With the announced entry of Ritz-Carlton
into the luxury end of the North American
cruise business, the segment may get its first
major new player since a cluster of lines first
weighed anchor in the late 1980s and early
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection plans
to build three 298-passenger ships, starting
service as soon as 2019.
Although larger lines have tried to horn
in on the luxury segment with exclusive ar-
eas such as Norwegian Cruise Line’s Haven
and MSC Cruises’ Yacht Club, there hasn’t
been a new name in small ship luxury in
nearly a quarter century, with the exception
of SeaDream Yacht Club in 2002, which sails
two 112-passenger ships that originally sailed
under the Sea Goddess name.
Experts say the luxury segment, while potentially lucrative, isn’t as simple a bet as it
“Luxury hotel brands extending into
cruising creates thousands of opportunities
for ‘brand failure’ which the best brands can
ill afford,” said Chekitan Dev, professor of
hospitality branding at Cornell University’s
School of Hotel Administration.
“Margins can be razor thin and easily
eroded by a few miscalculations,” Dev said.
However, Douglas Prothero, one of two
managing directors of the Ritz-Carlton
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Underlying the good news at the IATA confab
were ominous geopolitical prospects.
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changes in travel during his 6-year tenure.
A river cruise trip from Bruges to Brussels
combines barging and bicycling.